The last time Sylvester Stallone was at the Golden Globes was in 1977. He didn’t win that year, for his little film called Rocky, but he did win this year, for that same movie’s seventh sequel-spinoff-hybrid, Creed.
Sly Stallone landed a knockout punch at the awards, walking away with the Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture and receiving a standing ovation from his peers. If you haven’t seen it, in Creed, Stallone once again plays Rocky Balboa, but this time, he’s training his old rival, Apollo Creed’s son, played by Michael B. Jordan. (And if you haven’t seen Rocky, just get out. Out!)
Stallone threatened to get emotional on stage but managed to hold it together—though he did forget to thank pretty much everybody and had to return to the podium during the commercial break to do so (must be a boxing thing).
He ended his acceptance speech by thanking the character who launched him to stardom.
“Most of all, I want to thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa for being the best friend I’ve ever had,” he said.
Even if, as one scathing Twitter commentator pointed out, he did look like a walking “prosciutto sculpture,” his supporting role in Creed was anything but expendable, and he knows it.
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